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Image for Reagan: The Man and His Presidency The Oral History of an Era

Reagan: The Man and His Presidency The Oral History of an Era

By: Strober, Gerald & Deborah Hart Strober

Price: $14.50

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin: 1998

Stock No.: 73105

ISBN: 0395771935

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Authors' unique perspective on Ronald Reagan's presidency involves interviews with over a hundred key players and their direct quotes regarding moments along the way. First Edition/First Printing.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 622 pages View more info

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The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti (Modern Library #49.2)

By: SYMONDS, John Addington

Price: $14.50

Publisher: New York, The Modern Library / Random House: [c.1949]

Stock No.: 83451

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket


The life the great Italian painter, sculptor, architect and writer is presented in this Modern Library hardcover reprint edition. With eye-catching color illustration on jacket cover by E. McKnight Kauffer. --- In Toledano spine 8 / green cloth / gilt titling on black spine & cover blocks / black topstain / grey Kent endpapers / jacket style h , verso advertises 344 titles in ML catalog. Likely published c.1949 (no publication date appears in book). ML #49.2. --- With 4 small, shallow dents to front cover edges, otherwise a clean, unmarked, tightly-bound copy. Unclipped dust jacket with a few ... View more info

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Whittaker Chambers: A Biography

By: TANENHAUS, Sam

Price: $11.00

Publisher: New York, Random House Inc: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 60363

ISBN: 0394585593

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Stated First Edition, with typical Random House first edition number line to copyright page. A wide-ranging biography of the former Communist turned star witness against the alleged Communist spy and high US Government official Alger Hiss. With black & white photos of Chambers at chapter heads. Indexed. --- In light brown and black paper-covered boards w/gilt-stamped spine titling. Jacket with UPI/Corbis-Bettman b&w photo of Mr. Chambers. --- A clean, tightly-bound, bright copy but with remainder mark to textblock top edge. Unclipped jacket with scratches and some rubbing to spine, otherwise ... View more info

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Aldo Leopold: The Man and His Legacy

By: TANNER, Thomas (editor)

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Ankeny, Iowa, Soil Conservation Society of America: 1987

Stock No.: 82251

ISBN: 0935734139

Condition: Very Good


A collection of essays honoring the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold, author of "A Sand County Almanac". Mr. Leopold was active in the fields of wildlife and wilderness preservation. --- A softcover in brown wraps, with photo of Leopold to cover. --- With some sunning to cover, else a clean, bright, unmarked copy.; Octavo (8 to 9 in. tall); xv, 175 pages View more info

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Winston Churchill; an Informal Study of Greatness

By: Taylor, Robert Lewis

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Garden City, New York, Doubleday: 1952

Stock No.: 72884

Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket


A one-volume look at Sir Winston's life in a good copy. Book club edition, in full blue cloth covers. Interior clean & bright and unmarked. Dust jacket has 2 in. tear at head of spine; has other chips and tears but is intact and in removable mylar protector.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall View more info

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Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest

By: TENZING, Tashi; TENZING, Judy

Price: $28.50

Publisher: Camden, Maine, Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill: 2001

Stock No.: 77326

ISBN: 007141309X

Condition: Fine with no dust jacket


First Printing in this American trade paperback edition. An account of the life of and accomplishments of Tenzing Norgay, and a biography of the sherpas of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. With forewords by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Dalai Lama. With numerous maps and photos. Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund were the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Tashi Tenzing is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay who was assisted by his wife Judy in the writing of this book. --- A bright, clean, firm copy lacking damages. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; xxiii, 320 pages View more info

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George L. Beam and the Denver & Rio Grande: Volume I (signed, limited edition)

By: THODE, Jackson C. (text); BEAM, George L. (photography)

Price: $50.50

Publisher: Denver, Colorado, Sundance Publications, Ltd.: 1986

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Stock No.: 83536

ISBN: 0913582425

Condition: Fine


A signed, limited edition of this collection of the work of company photographer George L. Beam, who was employed by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in the early part of the 20th century. Though he traveled and captured views along the railroad's routes, he worked largely in anonymity, and seldom received credit for his outstanding work. This collection with dozens of black & white examples of his output. Mr. Beam's photos are accompanied by the text of the author, Jackson C. Thode. --- A stated first printing, July, 1986. Number 854 in an unspecified number of copies issued in this s... View more info

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The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967 (The Fear and Loathing Letters, Volume 1)

By: THOMPSON, Hunter S.; BRINKLEY, Douglas (editor)

Price: $32.00

Publisher: New York, Villard Books: 1997

Stock No.: 83269

ISBN: 0679406956

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


A stated first edition of this collection of the correspondence of Hunter S. Thompson between 1955 and 1967. Thompson was on a never-ending quest to combat what he saw as the banality of everyday American life, and he shared his observations in his copious letters to friends of all sorts. The letters are organized by year, with black & white photos at the beginning of each year's letter offerings. With a foreword by William J. Kennedy. Edited by Douglas Brinkley, who has supplied a prefatory note, as has Mr. Thompson. --- In grey and black paper-covered boards with titling and author initials ... View more info

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Debussy: Man and Artist (Dover Books on Music series)

By: THOMPSON, Oscar

Price: $11.00

Publisher: New York, Dover Publications Inc.: 1967

Stock No.: 82603

ISBN: 0486217833

Condition: Very Good


A biography of the great French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918). In this work, the life of Debussy is described as he is influenced by the likes of Wagner, Tchaikovsky, R. Strauss and others. A goodly portion of this work is devoted to analysis of Debussy's music. With a couple of black & white photos (including frontis photographic portrait of Debussy). --- In stiff wraps with detail from the frontis portrait to cover. With light sunning to spine & a little discoloration to textblock edges, otherwise a tightly-bound, sound copy.; Octavo (8 to 9 in. tall); xi, 393 pages View more info

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Journey to the Top of the Divide

By: TIGHE, Ronald

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Denver, Golden Bell Press: 1979

Stock No.: 77394

ISBN: 0873150724

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Former newsman's account of his quest to ride on horseback, alone, along the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada. The journey ended up taking three summers to complete. With 4 b&w photos near the front of the volume. --- Trade paperback in white wraps. A clean, firm, unmarked copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 169 pages View more info

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Fall of the Phantom Lord: Climbing and the Face of Fear

By: TODHUNTER, Andrew

Price: $11.00

Publisher: New York, Anchor Books/Doubleday: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 78894

ISBN: 0385486413

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket


First printing. The author follows climber Dan Osman and friends as they attempt seemingly impossible climbs. --- In black & blue paper-covered boards. Jacket with Eric Perlman color photo. --- A clean, bright copy in similar jacket. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 210 pages View more info

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Life on the Mississippi

By: TWAIN, Mark

Price: $31.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: [c.1930s-40s]

Stock No.: 80352

Condition: Good+ in Poor dust jacket


An illustrated reprint edition of Mark Twain's 1883 work, which has been described as "part travel book, part autobiography and part social commentary". In publisher's "Holiday Edition", with color frontis and 8 black and white illustrations by Walter Stewart. --- In black cloth-covered boards, Stewart's color frontis illustration pasted to cover (and repeated on jacket), with gilt-stamped spine titling. Likely published c.1930s-40s, though 1917 date appears in book. Jacket bears original $2.50 flap price. --- With a small hole to cloth at mid-spine and loss of spine gilding; p... View more info

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Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World (first edition, first issue)

By: TWAIN, Mark (CLEMONS, Samuel)

Price: $460.00

Publisher: Hartford, Conn. USA, The American Publishing Company: 1897

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 81715

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


First edition of the account by Mark Twain (1835-1910) of his world travels, written while on lecture tour for purposes of debt reduction. This work represents the fifth and final travel book by Clemons, and focuses on experiences and sights encountered in India, Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, Fiji, Mauritius and South Africa. Includes frontis photo of Twain, as well as many, many additional black & white drawings, sketches and photos scattered throughout the volume. --- Meets points for first edition: single Hartford publisher reference on title page, signature number 11 to p.161. --- In f... View more info

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Jim Bridger Mountain Man

By: VESTAL, Stanley

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Lincoln, Nebraska, University of Nebraska Press: 1971

Stock No.: 74282

ISBN: 0803257201

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Third softcover printing of work which was first written in 1946. In a clean copy but with prev. owner's inked name on title page. Textblock firm, covers rubbed. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 333 pages View more info

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Pushkin's Button

By: VITALE, Serena

Price: $11.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux: 1999

Edition: First American Edition

Stock No.: 82117

ISBN: 0374239355

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Stated first English-language edition. An examination of the last four months of the life of the great Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837). Pushkin was killed in a duel with his brother-in-law, a result of a complicated series of events and interrelationships. This edition rendered into English from the Italian by Ann Goldstein and Jon Rothschild. --- In charcoal paper-covered boards backed in red cloth, with titling stamped in gilt on spine. Dust jacket features details from Grigori Grigorevich Gagarin's painting: "Princess Baryatinskaya's Ball". --- A bright, intact and tightl... View more info

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Up From Slavery

By: WASHINGTON, Booker T.

Price: $35.50

Publisher: New York, The Heritage Press: 1970

Stock No.: 82781

Condition: Near Fine


A deluxe reprint edition in slipcase of the author's autobiography. Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was one of the most prominent African-Americans during the span of his life. This work was first published in serial form in 1900. With color illustrations by Denver Gillen and an introduction by Booker T. Washington III. --- In full brown cloth-covered boards with color Gillen illustration pasted to front cover, titling and decorations gilt-stamped on spine. Slipcase covered in brown paper. Sandglass flyer laid in (Del Mar, no. VIII:35). --- With prior owner's bookplate affixed to front paste... View more info

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The Puccini Companion

By: Weaver, William; Puccini, Simonetta

Price: $14.00

Publisher: New York, W W Norton & Co Inc: 1994

Stock No.: 73197

ISBN: 0393029301

Condition: Good in Good+ dust jacket


Compendium of articles about the great opera composer, Giacomo Puccini. Edited by William Weaver, with essay by Puccini's granddaughter, Simonetta Puccini. With many photos. Second printing. Volume has been exposed to dampness; upper parts of pages slightly rippled. With inked presentation remarks, front free endpaper; otherwise interior clean and bright. Dust jacket rippled but otherwise undamaged; bears orig. $30 flap price. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 448 pages View more info

Image for The Same Only Different  Five Generations of a Great Theatre Family

The Same Only Different Five Generations of a Great Theatre Family

By: Webster, Margaret

Price: $11.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1969

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 73100

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


The Webster theatre family is profiled here by famed actress-director (and family member) in nice copy. In full green cloth on board covers w/gilt & maroon decorations and lettering. Interior clean and unmarked. Stated First Edition. Dust jacket w/priceclipped flap & lightly chafed at edges, otherwise in good shape. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 390 pages View more info

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Eudora Welty One Writer's Beginnings

By: WELTY, Eudora

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Book-of-the-Month Club: 2002

Stock No.: 73092

ISBN: 0965369293

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Clean, bright, crisp copy; both volume and dust jacket. ; The William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures in the History of American Civilization; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 104 pages View more info

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H. G. Wells: Aspects of a Life

By: WEST, Anthony

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 78830

ISBN: 0394531965

Condition: Good+ in Good dust jacket


The son of H. G. Wells and Rebecca West presents a biography of his father. With a section of b&w photos. --- In full black cloth-covered boards with titling and decorations gilt-stamped on cover and spine. Jacket features portrait of H. G. Wells on cover. --- Volume has been exposed to moisture, causing black bleed-off to jacket and textblock; covers are slightly splayed but otherwise this book is in good shape. Dust jacket with rubbing and tears along edges; is bright and intact and in removable mylar protector. ; tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 405 pages View more info

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Letters of E. B. White

By: WHITE, E. B.; GUTH, Dorothy Lobrano (editor)

Price: $13.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Row, Publishers: 1976

Stock No.: 83372

ISBN: 006014601X

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


A full-sized book club edition of this hefty collection of letters by E. B. White (1899-1985) which serves well as his autobiography. Letters collected and edited by Dorothy Lobrano Guth. Includes two sections of black & white plates depicting people and places in the author's life. E. B. White was a prolific essayist and novelist whose works appeared in magazines and in several books, including works for children, such as the famous "Charlotte's Web". --- In full blue cloth-covered boards with gilt-stamped cover & spine titling, brown endpapers. Simple dust jacket features Jill Kremen... View more info

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Abigail Adams

By: WHITNEY, Janet

Price: $16.00

Publisher: London, Geroge G. Harrap and Company Ltd.: 1949

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 60498

Condition: Very Good- in Poor dust jacket


First edition. A biography of Abigail Adams, the wife of American founder and President John Adams and mother of later President John Quincy Adams. Mrs. Adams is described on the jacket as America's "first emancipated woman". Abigail Adams was a keen writer of letters, many of which were used by the author to craft this work. With black & white Benjamin Blythe drawn frontis portrait of Abigail Adams; as well as six additional black & white plates bearing images of scenes from her life. With maps of Boston and Massachusetts Bay colony in 1775 to front endpapers. --- In full orange buckr... View more info

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John Adams, A character sketch

By: Willard, Samuel

Price: $19.00

Publisher: H.G. Campbell Pub. Co: 1903

Stock No.: 71437

Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


No DJ. Very rarely seen copy of biography of 2nd US President. In brick red full cloth covers; with scuffed edges espec at head & tail of spine. Interior is yellowed, with possible publisher's sticker over upper 1/4 of front pastedown [obscuring something]. Previous retailer's indelible price front endpaper; interior clean and tight, with slight beginnings of separation at rear of vol. ; Great Americans of history; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 126 pages View more info

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In the Lion's Court Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII

By: Wilson, Derek

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2002

Edition: First American Edition; First Printing

Stock No.: 71954

ISBN: 0312286961

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


In-depth look at six men who surrounded Henry VIII and their part in the story of this sometimes unbelievable monarch. In top shape, w/prev owner's gold embossed sticker front free endpaper. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 576 pages View more info

Image for Honor's Voice  The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln

Honor's Voice The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln

By: WILSON, Douglas L.

Price: $15.95

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1998

Stock No.: 71875

ISBN: 067940788x

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket


Nice copy of author's work, which narrows itself to the years 1831-1842. In full maroon & black paperboard covers. Stated 1st ed but no price on DJ flap. DJ has mock scratches on front, as published. Clean and bright, unmarked. Dust wrapper in removable mylar protector. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 383 pages View more info

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Shostakovich: A Life Remembered

By: WILSON, Elizabeth

Price: $36.00

Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 82594

ISBN: 0691029717

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good+ dust jacket


A first printing of this hefty, comprehensive biography of the great Russian classical composer, Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Per the jacket flap, the author drew from information not ". . .previously published in English, personal accounts and interviews. . .[providing] a fascinating perspective on the social and political history of Soviet Russia." With two sections of black & white plates bearing images of scenes and people in Shostakovich's life. Indexed. --- In black cloth-covered boards with titling in silver to spine. Jacket with color color Alisa Poret painted portrait of ... View more info

Image for Shaw and Ibsen: Bernard Shaw's "The Quintessence of Ibsenism", and Related Writings

Shaw and Ibsen: Bernard Shaw's "The Quintessence of Ibsenism", and Related Writings

By: WISENTHAL, J. L. (editor); SHAW, Bernard

Price: $36.50

Publisher: [Toronto], University of Toronto Press: [1980]

Stock No.: 78971

ISBN: 0802054544

Condition: As New in As New dust jacket


A comparison of the works by the two great modern playwrights, edited by the co-author of "What Shaw Really Wrote about the War". Includes an introductory essay by J. L. Wisenthal. This volume is sealed in an unopened shrink wrapper, thus bibliographical data is not readily determined. Appears to be a clean, fresh, undamaged copy in bright red cloth covers. Jacket with b&w composite portrait of Shaw and Isben. ; tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall; [268] pages View more info

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Autobiography of Isaac Jones Wistar, 1827-1905: Half a Century in War and Peace

By: WISTAR, Isaac Jones

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Stock No.: 78739

Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket


Stated First Edition (Thus). General Wistar was an attorney, served in the Civil War, was a railroad executive and founded the Wistar Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, but is perhaps best known for his role in the development of California and the Far West. Per Howes, W598: "Largely devoted to the opening development of the far West from 1849 to 1860, in which Wistar played a conspiciuous part before achieving fame and fortune in Pennsylvania." --- In full blue cloth-covered boards w/gilt-stamped spine titling. Includes several photos, a few drawings, and a sizeable fold-out... View more info

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The Diary of a Country Parson

By: WOODFORDE, James; HUGHES, David (selected & edited by)

Price: $36.00

Publisher: London, The Folio Society: 1992

Stock No.: 77165

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


First Folio Society edition. A beautifully produced copy of the parson's diary, which he kept from 1759 through 1802 and which provides a good idea of English life in this period. Entries selected, and with an introduction, by David Hughes. With engraved illustrations throughout by Ian Stephens. Includes a section of brief biographies at rear of volume. --- Bound in quarter navy cloth, with marbled paper-covered boards. Titling gilt-stamped on red spine blocks. Publisher's red topstain and red endpapers. Volume housed in grey paper-covered slipcase. --- With soiling to navy cloth and previous ... View more info

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The Medici (Modern Library #179.1)

By: YOUNG, G. F.

Price: $16.50

Publisher: New York, The Modern Library: [1950]

Stock No.: 76625

Condition: Very Good- in Good dust jacket


A profile of the House of Medici who wielded great power in Florence and Tuscany, starting in the 14th century. With preface by the author. Jacket features striking illustration by E. McKnight Kauffer. --- Toledano spine 8, w/blue cloth-covered boards, gilt titling on black spine & cover blocks, faded black topstain, grey Kent endpapers. Volume bears 1930 date but likely published c.1950. Jacket style h, verso advertises 347 titles in ML catalog. ML #179.1. --- With previous owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down and w/his signature on front free endpaper, mildly bumped lower cover corn... View more info

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Two Years in the Melting Pot

By: ZHONGREN, Liu

Price: $10.00

Publisher: San Francisco, China Books & Periodicals Inc.: 1987

Stock No.: 74235

ISBN: 0835113701

Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


In decent shape, though volume has some lean; and with spine creasing. Inked names at front free endpaper. Chinese newspaperman offers his candid insights after spending two years in the US as a reporter. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 205 pages View more info